The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters broke ground earlier this month for its new 65,000-square-foot association and corporate headquarters at 5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield.
The new Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) / GEICO Marine Insurance building will be located just one block from where BoatUS was headquartered in the early 1970s. In addition to BoatUS operations, the new facility will house customer service and nationwide 24/7 on-water/on-road dispatch operations for recreational boat owners.
In attendance the Nov. 14 groundbreaking event were BoatUS CEO Kirk La; GEICO President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Roberts; Fairfax County Braddock District Supervisor John Cook; Fairfax County Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity; Virginia State Senator Richard Saslaw; staff from BoatUS and GEICO Marine Insurance and building owner I-95 Business Parks; and the design, build, engineering team for the new facility.
"Some may say we are going back to our roots, because after our founder Richard Schwartz started BoatUS in 1966, he located one of the association’s first offices just down the block at 5261 Port Royal Road," said La. "However, when our new building opens in October 2018, it will be our first headquarters built for the purpose of serving the more than half a million BoatUS members and GEICO Marine Insurance customers and helping us make boating better for the nation’s nearly 12 million registered boat owners.”
The new building offers enhancements that appeal to a millennial workforce, including an open design that encourages collaboration, a fitness center with showers and lockers, a full cafeteria, ample parking with electric vehicle-charging stations, and better access to highways and public transportation.